Literary magazine A Public Space is founding APS Books, whose first title, appearing in fall 2018, is Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage by Bette Howland, a collection of stories, the author's first book in more than 30 years. Brigid Hughes, who founded A Public Space in 2006, soon after she left the Paris Review, where she had succeeded George Plimpton as editor, commented: "This is the work we envisioned A Public Space as a home for--work that feels stubbornly true to itself. Work that can only exist in its own form."
Other titles on the inaugural list include a book about creativity and the artistic process by British filmmaker Sally Potter; a collection of journals and letters by artist Dorothea Tanning; and an anthology of responses to Italo Calvino's Six Memos for the Next Millennium, edited by Martha Cooley and with contributions from Jhumpa Lahiri and Andrei Codrescu, among others.
In 2011, Hughes was awarded the PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing, and in 2016, the magazine won the Best Magazine Award from the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses.